Formula 1 Feed
Lewis Hamilton powered to his second win of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, fending off late pressure from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn’s team-mate, Romain Grosjean, was third, with...
The Formula One roadshow rolls in to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix this weekend. Here's all you need to know about the Hockenheimring...
Webber wins at Silverstone | British Grand Prix Jul 8, 2012
Red Bull Racing emerged into the sunlight at Silverstone as Mark Webber won a finely judged race, overtaking Fernando Alonso in the last five laps, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third.
Hamilton wins in Canada | Canadian Grand Prix Jun 11, 2012
Lewis Hamilton won a tense and tactical Canadian Grand Prix to become the seventh different winner in as many races.
- Valencia, Spain
- JUN 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM
- JUN 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM
The European Grand Prix has had a long and complex journey. It was originally created as an honorific title by the AIACR, the FIA's predecessor in the organisation of motor racing events. The first race to receive the title was the Italian Grand Prix, in 1923, it fell away during the war and was revived in 1947. In 1977 the British Grand Prix became the last race to receive the honorific title.
In 1983, the Formula One schedule originally featured a race near Flushing Meadows Park in New York. When the race was cancelled three months before the event, track organisers at Brands Hatch moved quickly to replace it with a European Grand Prix. The success of the event led to it returning on the schedule the following year. In 1990, a wealthy Japanese businessman built an extravagant race track called Nippon Autopolis with the idea of hosting a Formula One race. In 1992, plans were made to have an Asian Grand Prix added to the schedule. However, these plans failed to materialise and Bernie Ecclestone added a race at Donington Park, which brought back the European Grand Prix moniker. Several countries hosted the European Grand Prix until in 2008 when it took place in Valencia, the following year they signed a 5 year deal which puts them on the calendar until at least 2014. The Valencia Street Circuit is a semi-permanent street circuit which utilises roads around the city's port area, including a section over a 140 metre long swing bridge. The track is 5.419km (3.367m) long and incorporates a total of 25 turns – 11 right-handers and 14 left-handers. It's estimated that the track has a top speed of around 323kph (201mph), with a lap record of 1:38.683, held by Timo Glock and set during the 2009 European Grand Prix.